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Old 10-07-2004, 11:02 AM   #15
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'Twas the Night Before Frances

Hopefully all of you in storm-torn Florida will appreciate this humor... it was recently sent to me:

Twas the night before Frances
*
*
'Twas the night before Frances
When all through the state
Not a gas pump was pumping
Not a store open late
*
All the plywood was hung
On the windows with care
Knowing that a hurricane
Soon would be there
*
The children were ready
With flashlights in hand
While bands from the hurricane
Covered over the land
*
And mamma with her Mag-Lite
And I in my cap
Had just filled the bath tub
For flushing our crap
*
When out on the lawn
There arose such a clatter
I sprang from the closet
To see what was the matter
*
The trees on the fence
And the neighbor's roof torn
Gave the fear of us dying
In this terrible storm
*
With a little wind gust
So lively and quick
I remembered quite clearly
Our walls weren't brick
*
More rapid than eagles
Her courses they came
And she whistled, and wafted
And surged all the same
*
Off shingles! Off sidings!
Off rooftops! Off power!
Down trees! Down fences!
Down trailers! Down towers!
*
In the center of Florida
She continued to maul
Screaming Blow Away!
Blow Away! Blow Away All!
*
As wind ripped and tossed
The debris through the sky
I peeked out the shutters
At cars floating by
*
So go to the safe-room
My family did do
With a portable radio
And batteries too
*
And then, in a twinkling
I heard on the set
The end was not coming
For a few hours yet!
*
As I calmed down the kids
And was turning around
Through the window it came
With a huge crashing sound
*
A tree branch it was
All covered in soot
The wind blew it smack-dab
On top of my foot
*
A bundle of twigs
Now lay in a stack
And my living room looks
Like it was under attack
*
The wind - how it howled!
The storm - very scary!
Myself and the family
Were all too unwary
*
The dangers of hurricanes
Are serious, you know
They are taken for granted
As Frances did show
*
With the winds dying down
And the danger beneath
I noticed my tool shed
Was missing its sheath
*
So I grabbed my last tarp
And nailed it on down
Then I got in my car
And I headed to town
*
The traffic was awful
And stores had no ice
My five gallon cooler
Would have to suffice
*
Generators were scarce
Not one left in town
There were trees on the roads
And power lines down
*
FEMA was ready
With people to work
Electrical companies
Came in from New York
*
And in the midst of
This peculiar routine
Another storm emerged
Named Hurricane Jeanne
*
I sprang to the car
And gave my family a whistle
Then away we all went
Like a Tomahawk missile
*
You could hear us exclaim
As we drove out of sight
"The hell with this place,
Vermont seems just right!"
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Old 10-07-2004, 06:18 PM   #16
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Here are a couple pics of my family room. Not as bad as some people had, but exciting if you were sitting under them when it fell.

Terry
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